With the Nashville Predators having made it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final for the first time in the team’s history, the team has been pulling out all the stops in bringing some of country music’s biggest stars out on the ice to sing the U.S. National Anthem.
Previous anthem-singers have included Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Vince Gill and Lady Antebellum, and the team did not disappoint when they brought out Keith Urban to perform prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Wearing a Predators jersey — No. 17, with his last name emblazoned on the back — Urban performed an a cappella version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before taking a well-earned bow (wife Nicole Kidman, by the way, was on hand to cheer him on from the stands).
Before hitting the ice, Urban shared a short video of himself and Kidman. “I’ve lived in America for almost 25 years, and I’ve never been asked to sing the National Anthem, until tonight,” he exclaims. “So it’s a huge honour. Thank you, Preds. God Bless!”
He also tweeted a photo of himself posing with some Titans players who are obviously Predators fans.
Following his performance, Urban described singing the anthem as “one of the proudest moments ever in my life.”
Meanwhile, the Twitterverse reacted with delight over Urban’s rendition of the anthem: